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Another man faces charge in off-duty officer’s 1980 death

November 15, 2018

This photo provided by the Lake County Sheriff's Department shows Pierre L. Catlett. Catlett pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Lake Superior Court to a murder charge in the 1980 shooting death of an off-duty northwestern Indiana police officer. A trial was set for Feb. 11, but defense lawyer Robert Lee Lewis says that's too soon. A delay is likely. (Lake County Sheriff's Department via AP)

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — Another man is facing a murder charge in the 1980 shooting death of an off-duty northwestern Indiana police officer.

The Post-Tribune reports 68-year-old Pierre Catlett pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Lake Superior Court. A trial was set for Feb. 11, but defense lawyer Robert Lee Lewis says that’s too soon. A delay is likely.

Catlett was charged in 2012 after a task force reopened the investigation. He was incarcerated in Illinois on a battery case until August.

Prosecutors say Catlett and an accomplice went into a Holiday Inn in Hammond, demanded money from a clerk and shot 33-year-old Lawrence Pucalik while the Hammond officer worked as a security guard.

Fifty-five-year-old James Hill was sentenced in October to 47 years in prison for his alleged role in the getaway car.

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Information from: Post-Tribune, http://posttrib.chicagotribune.com/

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